The trees have blossomed, the weather’s getting warmer, and Easter preparations are in full effect. Easter has traditionally been the most important holiday on the Orthodox calendar. In Ukraine Easter is considered one of the most important religious holidays and it’s one of the favourite ones, too.
In Ukraine Easter is called Velykden (The Great Day). It has been celebrated over a long period of history and has had many rich folk traditions. This year Easter is celebrating on April 12th.
Saturday evening people gather in the church for the Easter vigil till the very morning when priests bless the food believers brought. After that people go home to celebrate Easter with their families. If they meet other people on the way they say: “Christ is risen!” and these people should reply “Risen indeed”. All the people exchange Easter greetings and give each other painted eggs (krashanky).